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Gallery: 2013 Acura ZDX

Posted by   on March 8th, 2013 No comments

2013 Acura ZDX

Despite getting a newly styled grille and additional tech features for its final year of production, the 2013 ZDX is going out with very little press. Other than the “reused” images from acura.com, additional photos of the 2013 ZDX are almost impossible to find. So if you’re looking for some “real” photos of the 2013 ZDX and its new grille, I’ve compiled a selection of screenshots from the press video. The new grille is a small change, but it’s definitely a styling improvement that freshens up the front end for its last hurrah.

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2013 Acura ZDX on Acura.com

Posted by   on October 19th, 2012 2 comments

2013 Acura ZDX in Palladium Metallic

The refreshed 2013 Acura ZDX is now up on acura.com along with information on updated features and new renderings. Get all the details by visiting  acura.com.

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2013 Acura ZDX Luxury Crossover To Get Numerous Enhancements in its Final Model Year

Posted by   on October 10th, 2012 No comments

2013 Acura ZDX

Equipped with new features and safety technologies; priced at $50,920*

10/10/2012 – TORRANCE, Calif.

The innovative and stylish Acura ZDX crossover vehicle, introduced in 2009, will receive numerous styling and technology enhancements for the 2013 model year, which will be the final year on the market for ZDX as the Acura brand sharpens its focus on new models and core products, the company announced today.

The 2013 ZDX will receive several new features, including a redesigned front grille, front and rear parking sensors, power folding side mirrors and safety features such as Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). The 2013 Acura ZDX will go on sale October 19, 2012, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $50,920*.

“People shopping for a luxury crossover vehicle will find the Acura ZDX an even more attractive product,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. “Moving forward, we will continue to advance the Acura lineup with a focus on new core models, like the recently redesigned RDX and the upcoming all-new RLX flagship sedan, that provide the ideal balance of performance and fuel efficiency that is right for each product and a driving experience that is dynamic and emotional.”

The ZDX is built in the same Alliston, Ontario plant as the Acura MDX, which shares the platform with ZDX. As a result, ZDX production will be discontinued in conjunction with the transfer of the popular MDX to the company’s Lincoln, Alabama plant in early 2013 (as previously announced).

For 2013, the Acura ZDX will be sold as a single, valued-added package offering clients greater value on a luxury scale. Robust features now standard on the 2013 ZDX include the 435-watt Acura/ELS Surround® 10-speaker audio system with 15 GB hard disk drive (HDD) memory, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, 8-inch high-resolution VGA display, multi-view rear view camera, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface, ventilated and heated front seats with perforated premium Milano leather seating surfaces, Keyless Access System (with Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition) and dual-zone automatic climate control system.

The ZDX will receive several new exterior features for 2013, such as a redesigned front grille, front and rear bumpers with integrated parking sensors, power-folding auto-dimming side mirrors and a dark accent on the wheels for a sportier finish. The interior receives a new wood trim on the center console and a high contrast interior option.

Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) are two new safety features for the 2013 ZDX. The Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system can detect vehicles ahead of the ZDX. If the FCW system determines that a collision is possible with a detected vehicle, it provides the driver with visual and audio alerts to encourage avoidance actions. Lane Departure Warning (LDW) uses a camera mounted between the windshield and the rear-view mirror to detect lane lines on the road. If the driver begins to drift out of a detected lane without using the turn indicator, the system will provide the driver with visual and audible alerts.

The 2013 ZDX is equipped with an all-aluminum 3.7-liter V-6 engine that develops 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Performance is further enhanced by the ZDX’s Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission that is designed to satisfy the most discerning enthusiast drivers. The 2013 ZDX EPA city/highway/combined fuel mileage is rated at 16/23/19 mpg**.

For customers seeking a great balance of utility and performance Acura will continue to offer vehicles in the luxury crossover space with the 5-passenger RDX and the TSX Sport Wagon. Acura also will continue to provide ZDX customers with a high-level of service and parts support throughout the life of their vehicles.

U.S. sales of Acura models increased 43.5 percent in September and rose nearly 30 percent to 115,773 units for the first nine-months of 2012, the Acura brand’s best nine-month sales results since 2008. The Acura TL sedan, along with the MDX, RDX and TSX Sport Wagon crossover vehicles, have each posted double-digit gains for the year to date, including an 85.7-percent rise in sales of the redesigned RDX and a 25.2-percent gain for the TSX Sport Wagon. The all-new Acura ILX continues to gain momentum, posting its fifth consecutive monthly increase on September sales of 1,737 units.

Acura will debut its all-new 2014 Acura RLX luxury sedan on November 28, 2012, at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The new Acura flagship sedan will employ an array of new technologies unique to Acura, including the Precision All Wheel Steer™ system, the next-generation AcuraLink® Communication System, and the all-new Jewel Eye™ LED headlamps to deliver an entirely new level of performance, sophistication and comfort.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, vehicle options and destination charge of $895.00. Dealer prices may vary. **Based on 2013 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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From Russia with Love: Sandro’s 2010 Acura ZDX

Posted by   on July 13th, 2012 2 comments

Sandro's Aspen White Pearl 2010 Acura ZDX

The Russian Federation – Area: 17,075,400 km2. Population: over 143 million. Acura Dealerships: 0.

As it currently stands, the closest Acura dealership from Russia would be in the People’s Republic of China. The times are a-changin’ though, as Acura announced earlier this year that they would soon be expanding operations into the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, the Ukraine, and Russia.

So until then, what would a Russian have to do to buy an Acura? Import it of course! And that’s exactly what Sandro did after he fell in love with the Acura ZDX. It did require a small bit of effort, but last year Sandro’s Aspen White Pearl 2010 Acura ZDX Advance arrived in Moscow all the way from the United States.

Sandro tells me Acuras are rare in Russia, but they do exist. The majority of the models being MDXs and RDXs. “The ZDX really gets alot of attention on the road since many people have never seen it before. Many even come and ask about it.” says Sandro. Along with the ZDX’s head-turning style, I’m sure Sandro will have no complaints with the SH-AWD system in place to get him through the long Russian winters.

He’s also been busy with mods, the most noticeable additions are the 21″ custom made DPE SP-C16 wheels which compliment the ZDX’s black panoramic glass roof nicely. Here’s a full list from Sandro:

Wheels – 21″ DPE SP-C16 (forged) with Michelin latitude sport 295/35R21 • 4300k HID fog lights • 5000k V-Leds bulbs for DRL and turn signal/parking lights • Hella LEDayLine DRL strip • Rear LED orange turn signal bulbs • Window tint (about 85% sunblock) • Windows CE6 based additional aftermarket onboard computer connected to OEM display(with russian navigation software, flashplayer, USB modem and Internet) • Swap to Canadian odometer (in kms/liters/Celcius) • Front and Rear parking sensors • Blacked out rear reflectors

Without further ado, here are a few shots of Sandro’s ZDX at a semi-abandoned Moscow airfield taken by photographer Maxim Vorobyev. I’ve always thought the sharp front end lines and grille of the newer Acuras resemble a jet. Anyone see the resemblance in the photos below?

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The Rocky Mountain Road Tour: ZDX Wrap-Up

Posted by   on March 19th, 2012 3 comments

2012 Acura ZDX

All good things must come to an end, and after 10 days and nearly 2000 kilometers travelled, our epic road tour through the Rockies came to a conclusion. I was happy to be heading home, but reluctant to hand over the ZDX back to Acura.

Performing like a sports sedan but with the toughness and utility of a crossover, it was as I expected, the perfect winter driving machine for our trip. Powering up steep climbs and navigating down curvy descents, through ice, snow, slush and rain, the ZDX was flawless. No vehicle is bulletproof in extreme road conditions, but extra measures like winter tires, adequate ground clearance and Super Handling-All Wheel Drive can be a defining advantage when you need to get out of a “snowy” situation. Still begging to be tested, the ZDX was by far the most capable vehicle I have ever taken on a road trip.

The Rocky Mountain Road Tour

With one of the most luxurious and technology-packed interiors Acura has to offer, the ZDX’s spacious cabin was an absolute pleasure to ride in even after many hours on the road. The leather dash and surrounding leather trim mixed with the ambient light from the dual moon roofs to create a natural, comforting environment ideal for our long drives in the mountains. There was more than enough space for our two snowboards and luggage with the rear seats folded down, and the power tailgate was a nice touch for quick and easy loading. As an Acura, the ZDX is equipped with a ton of convenient features, all very intuitive and useful for making the trip that much more enjoyable.

2012 Acura ZDX Interior

I couldn’t keep count of all the heads that turned as they walked by the ZDX, most likely gripped by its unique and dramatic styling. One of its most noticeable characteristics, the long sloping roof line, is what really distinguishes it from the usual crossover varieties. From the front windshield, the industry-leading panoramic glass roof slowly curves over the top and towards the rear apex at the slightest angle, creating a distinctive silhouette that is elegant, but also aerodynamic and sporty. I love the sharp edge that arches over the rear wheels and along the side of the vehicle, it adds an aggressive flair to the ZDX’s bold, muscular figure. More to its “coupe-like” appearance are hidden rear door handles which at some angles, can make the ZDX seem as if it only has two doors. In a parking lot full of your typical ski resort vehicles, it was nice to have one that was different and so easy pick out.

2012 Acura ZDX

So is it a utility sedan? A super coupe? A performance crossover? I guess you could say it is all of the above. I still couldn’t accurately describe the ZDX in just a few words, but in this case, it’s definitely not a bad thing. I think the unique combination of qualities bring a mysterious allure to the ZDX, and that’s something you won’t easily find in the selection of today’s vehicles. When I look back at this trip, it won’t be hard to remember the ZDX and how it carried us through the Rockies with such style, comfort, and confidence.

The Rocky Mountain Road Tour 2012:

• The Rocky Mountain Road Tour: Introduction
• Day 01: Marmot Basin
• Day 02/03: Lake Louise
• Day 04: Revelstoke
• Day 05/06: Whitewater
• Day 07: Red Mountain
• Day 08/09/10: Whistler Blackcomb
• The Rocky Mountain Road Tour: ZDX Wrap-Up

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The Rocky Mountain Road Tour Day 08/09/10: Whistler Blackcomb

Posted by   on March 11th, 2012 1 comment
The 2012 Acura ZDX on the Sea to Sky Highway

The 2012 Acura ZDX on the Sea to Sky Highway

Day 08: Vancouver, BC
Trip Odometer Total: 1,767 kms(1,098 miles)

616 km is what separated us from Vancouver, without any doubt it was the longest leg of our trip. We had left early in the morning, hoping to avoid another night of treacherous mountain driving. The first half was an absolute pleasure, with warm weather and sunny skies we made our way through dry mountain passes and beautiful valleys. The Westward path on Crowsnest Highway brought us right along the US/Canada border at multiple points, and we had some fun trying to figure out which pieces of land where physically on the American side.

The Rocky Mountain Road Tour Day 08/09/10

Through the long drive there was definitely no shortage of audio entertainment. While we had the selection of XM radio available, I also had my iPhone connected via USB and at the same time Kevin had his smartphone synced via Bluetooth. The ELS surround sound audio system has been a great companion, blasting crisp quality sound through the ZDX’s 10-speakers. I’ve enjoyed the nice arm massage the door speaker gives me when there’s deep base, all without any rattle or distortion. In contrast, the ZDX is equipped with Active Noise Cancellation and fabric insulation, so whether we’re reminiscing about our day on the hill or arguing about which route to take, the cabin has been exceptionally quiet when needed.

It seemed the closer we got to Vancouver, the harder the rain began to hit us. As the sun slowly sank behind the clouds and fog, our ZDX rallied through the last stretch of steep, curvy, and wet mountainous roads without a hitch. We eventually linked back to the Trans-Canada Highway for some smooth cruising to the big city. I’m not sure what’s more stressing, mountain driving through a snow storm or navigating the busy streets of Vancouver on a dark rainy night.

Day 09: Blackcomb Mountain
Trip Odometer Total: 1,897 kms(1,179 miles)

It’s been a long 8 days, but the home stretch to our final destination Whistler was only 125 km away. I haven’t been up Highway 99 since it had completed its upgrades for the 2010 Winter Olympics, so it was nice to breeze through without stopping for any construction. Highway 99 is also known as the Sea to Sky highway, with the coast on one side and mountains on the other, it’s setup for some spectacular views. The scenic drive is highly recommended if you’re ever in the Vancouver area.

We arrived for an early check-in at the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort Hotel which is situated at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. It has all the services and amenities you would expect from a Fairmont hotel, but it’s also tailored specifically for the skiing and snowboarding experience. With true ski-in/ski-out convenience, it’s just a few steps away from the Blackcomb Daylodge and the Wizard Express Lift. There’s also the rental shop and handy ski valet service attached to the hotel, so you can drop off your gear after your last run and pick it up the next morning.

The Rocky Mountain Road Tour Day 08/09/10

Surprisingly there was no line at the Blackcomb base, so we quickly headed up the lifts and into the clouds. It was foggy and slushy at the lower mountain, but once you head up above the clouds on Solar Coaster you’re looking at blue skies and drier snow. 16 cm of the white stuff fell overnight, so higher up even further on the 7th Heaven we found ourselves cutting through some nice fluffy pow. With a ton of terrain still left to cover, we rode the day out until the lifts closed, then headed back to our room at the Fairmont to get ready for a night out in Whistler village.

Day 10: Whistler Mountain 

Exhausted and sore from nine days of driving and snowboarding, we’ve survived to make it to day ten. And on our last day of riding, we received a little gift from our old friend Mother Nature: 25 cm of fresh snow overnight. It was a welcomed gift considering what she made us battle through to get here.

Today we planned to hit up Whistler Mountain, so we made our way atop Blackcomb to the Peak 2 Peak loading station. Opened in 2008, the Peak 2 Peak gondola stretches across 4.4 km to connect the two massive side-by-side mountains together. It would be my first time on this record breaking gondola, so we decided to wait a few minutes for one of two special cabins that offer an extra perspective – a glass floor that lets you see 436 metres down to the ground below.

With Whistler Blackcomb’s 39 lifts and over 200 trails, there’s just too much terrain for us to completely explore in in such a short time. The snow continued to fall throughout the afternoon, but after 7 sessions of intense riding in the past 10 days, our legs just couldn’t keep up. From the village base we returned to Blackcomb Mountain where we rode to the top of Glacier Express for our last run of the trip. I took my time getting down, prolonging the final descent and making sure I enjoyed every last cut and turn through the snow.

The Rocky Mountain Road Tour Day 08/09/10

Wanting to end our Rocky Mountain Road Tour with a bang, we attended the free Fire & Ice Show in Whistler village later that evening. Surrounded by hundreds of snow seekers just like us who have made their journey to Whistler, we cheered on a group of talented skiers and riders as they put on a dazzling display of extreme skill and massive air. Combined with fire spinners, pyrotehnics and fireworks, it was a fitting finale to our epic adventure.  

For more on Whistler Blackcomb, visit SnowSeekers.ca

• The Rocky Mountain Road Tour: Introduction
• Day 01: Marmot Basin
• Day 02/03: Lake Louise
• Day 04: Revelstoke
• Day 05/06: Whitewater
• Day 07: Red Mountain
• Day 08/09/10: Whistler Blackcomb
• The Rocky Mountain Road Tour: ZDX Wrap-Up

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The Rocky Mountain Road Tour Day 07: Red Mountain

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The 2012 Acura ZDX at Red Mountain

The 2012 Acura ZDX at Red Mountain

Rossland, BC

The trip from Whitewater to Red Mountain was the shortest leg of our journey, just a 88 km jaunt Southwest towards the town of Rossland, BC. We’re actually so far South at this point that the Canada/US border is only 10 kms away. After a quick and easy drive through some small BC towns, we arrived at our lodge located at the base of Red Mountain. I wouldn’t exactly consider it “on hill” accommodations, but with just a short walk to the nearest lift we could skip the usual early morning drive to the hill.

The Rocky Mountain Road Tour Day 07

With that little bit of extra time, I was finally able to take some quick shots to show off the vehicle’s interior. We’ve spent many hours in the ZDX’s spacious front cabin, and I still can’t get enough of its fluid design and many luxuries. The panoramic glass roof has been perfect for our mountain trip, refreshing us with natural light and an open view to the sky. The leather dash, surrounding leather trim and contrasting silver accents add to its richness and showcase the level of detail Acura has put into the ZDX. Continuing with the overall theme and feel, the steering wheel and instrument panel are stylish, but still remain intuitive and functional. I’ve loved the symmetry of the centre stack and button layout, as well as the dark brushed texture used throughout.

Behind us the rear heated leather seats can be a bit tricky to get into, but both Kevin and I agree there is adequate leg room. Even with the sloping roof line, I just manage to sit comfortably without my head touching the top.

In terms of storage and cargo space, we’ve enjoyed the ample room provided by the 60/40 rear folding seats. There are hidden storage hatches in the rear, and plenty of compartments up front. My favorite is the convenient sliding tray and storage beneath the front arm rest, it’s the perfect place for quick access to the camera.

The Rocky Mountain Road Tour Day 07

Day 07: Red Mountain Resort
Trip Odometer Total: 1232kms(765.5 miles)

I spent yesterday night studying the trail map of Red Mountain and was anxious to explore its unique “3-D” layout. There hasn’t been much snowfall in the past few days, but right off the bottom Silverlode chair I was presented with a few wide open groomed blues to start off. The ride to the top via the Motherlode Chair was long and steep, and it gave us the opportunity to scope out some of the interesting terrain beneath us. With numerous drops and chutes, it’s a paradise for expert skiers and riders.

The Rocky Mountain Road Tour Day 07

From the top we made our way around to the backside of Granite Mountain, an area with a good mix of green, blue, and black runs. Another clear day and warm temperatures lead to spring-like conditions, and by midday we were able to grip the softened snow and take in a healthy dose of vitamin D. What’s nice about Granite Mountain is that you can go choose to ride around either side and still get back to the base. The other peak, “Red Mountain” was considerably smaller but had some of the steepest and fastest cruiser runs I’ve ever seen.

A brochure I picked up claimed Red Mountain is the “last great undiscovered resort”, a statement I do find some truth in. Bring me in on a good powder day and I might just have to bump it up on my personal resort rankings. For more on Red Mountain, visit SnowSeekers.ca

• The Rocky Mountain Road Tour: Introduction
• Day 01: Marmot Basin
• Day 02/03: Lake Louise
• Day 04: Revelstoke
• Day 05/06: Whitewater
• Day 07: Red Mountain
• Day 08/09/10: Whistler Blackcomb
• The Rocky Mountain Road Tour: ZDX Wrap-Up

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The Rocky Mountain Road Tour Day 05/06: Whitewater

Posted by   on March 7th, 2012 2 comments
The 2012 Acura ZDX at Upper Arrow Lake

The 2012 Acura ZDX at Upper Arrow Lake

Day 05: Nelson, BC

My muscles were extra sore this morning, likely from all that heavy snow I had to dig myself out of in Revelstoke yesterday. At least the rain had tapered off and we had some blue sky for the first time during our trip. Today the destination was the city of Nelson, a new experience for both Kevin and myself. We would be making full use of the Acura’s navigation system for this stage, so with a few easy turns of the centre console dial we had our route entered and calculated.

The Rocky Mountain Road Tour Day 05/06

We headed South on Highway 23 until we reached Galena Bay, a ferry terminal for crossing Upper Arrow Lake. The ferry ride across wasn’t very long, but it gave us a moment to take in the gorgeous view surrounding the lake and inhale some of the fresh mountain air. It would of been a great opportunity for some awesome photos, but the two semi trucks parked beside the ZDX had left me with limited angles to play with.

We continued South without a single rain drop or snowflake hitting the windshield, a nice change compared to our last two stages of the trip. With dry conditions, nice winding roads and more beautiful scenery, I finally had the opportunity to really “connect” with the vehicle. The ZDX’s smooth 6-speed automatic transmission shifts crisply, and under normal acceleration you can barely feel the gear changes. Cruising at 100 km/h the engine purrs comfortably at around 1500 rpms with plenty of punch left if needed. Being in the Rockies, we’ve climbed some incredibly steep hills so far, and the 300 hp engine has always been able to conquer them with little effort.

The suspension has done well to keep the ride accommodating and comfortable, even over hard packed snow, grooves of ice and pot holes. Soft enough to negate small impacts, but stiff enough to hold a steady line through the mountain curves. US models will have the option of Acura’s Integrated Dynamics System for a stiffer suspension and performance handling. A nice feature if you’re looking for both comfort and sportiness.

Acura’s navigation system had successfully led us to Nelson, and we managed our best fuel economy rating so far: 9.2 litres/100 km or 25.6 MPG. We stayed at the famous Hume Hotel, known for its dining and nightlife as well as historic presence in Nelson. The staff was friendly and dinner was fantastic, but their trendy night club the Spiritbar was closed that night. Probably for the best since we wanted to get in an early day at Whitewater.

Day 06: Whitewater Ski Resort
Trip Odometer Total: 1,142 kms(710 miles)

There was no new snow overnight in Whitewater, but with 11 cm in 48 hours and bluebird skies there was no complaining. We started off the morning with a few warmup runs on the Silver King chair, a great face for beginners with a variety of green and blue runs. Up next was the Summit chair which offers the option to ride the “Summit Side” face, or head down the backside to the new Glory Ridge chair. We did a few laps on the Summit Side, dipping into the trees for some fresh snow and then some hard carving on the steep cruiser runs.

The Rocky Mountain Road Tour Day 05/06

Installed just recently in the 2010-2011 ski season, the new Glory Ridge Chair opens up a huge amount of accessible terrain for Whitewater. It was unfortunately closed for most of the day, but we were still able to ride out the backside thanks to the shuttle bus  which cycled every 15 mins. One thing I noticed was an unusual amount of natural hits all over the mountain, which in my case, is a good thing. We found a ton of them on the backside, and with some unique terrain it made the new “Glory Ridge Side” my favourite of the three. For more on Whitewater Ski Resort, visit SnowSeekers.ca

The ZDX wasn’t the only Acura having fun in the Rockies this week. I found 2 fourth generation SH-AWD TLs in the Whitewater parking lot today, one from Alberta and the other coming all the way from Quebec. SH-AWD: don’t leave home without it.

The Rocky Mountain Road Tour Day 05/06

• The Rocky Mountain Road Tour: Introduction
• Day 01: Marmot Basin
• Day 02/03: Lake Louise
• Day 04: Revelstoke
• Day 05/06: Whitewater
• Day 07: Red Mountain
• Day 08/09/10: Whistler Blackcomb
• The Rocky Mountain Road Tour: ZDX Wrap-Up

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